Sex-specific clinical correlates of hoarding in obsessive-compulsive disorder

Jack F. Samuels, O. Joseph Bienvenu, Anthony Pinto, Dennis L. Murphy, John Piacentini, Scott L. Rauch, Abby J. Fyer, Marco A. Grados, Benjamin D. Greenberg, James A. Knowles, James T. McCracken, Bernadette Cullen, Mark A. Riddle, Steven A. Rasmussen, David L. Pauls, Kung Yee Liang, Rudolf Hoehn-Saric, Ann E. Pulver, Gerald Nestadt

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Abstract

Little is known about whether the clinical correlates of hoarding behavior are different in men and women with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In the current study, we evaluated the association of hoarding with categories of obsessions and compulsions, psychiatric disorders, personality dimensions, and other clinical characteristics separately in 151 men and 358 women with OCD who were examined during the OCD Collaborative Genetics Study. We found that, among men but not women, hoarding was associated with aggressive, sexual, and religious obsessions and checking compulsions. In men, hoarding was associated with generalized anxiety disorder and tics whereas, among women, hoarding was associated with social phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, nail biting, and skin picking. In women but not men, hoarding was associated with schizotypal and dependent personality disorder dimensions, and with low conscientiousness. These findings indicate that specific clinical correlates of hoarding in OCD are different in men and women and may reflect sex-specific differences in the course, expression, and/or etiology of hoarding behavior in OCD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1040-1046
Number of pages7
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Volume46
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2008

Keywords

  • Comorbidity
  • Hoarding
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Personality
  • Personality disorders
  • Sex differences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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